HOMATA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HOMATA HOMATA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Remember me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498708 Hi people, <BR> I logged on this evening thinking that it has been so long since I was on, I would just delete my old Spark account and start fresh. I missed Spark and the motivation and support I got from the site and everyone on it. But I was ashamed and embarrassed that I didn't make so many of the goals I had when I first joined a couple of years ago. <em>2</em> <BR> Then I started reading some of my old blog entries... And I decided I was going to stay true to myself and my own jour... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 17:28:32 EST Good problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4904182 Hi! <BR> I haven't blogged for ages!!! I keep intending to get on Spark more often, because I am missing my Sparkfriends, but I hardly ever seem to get around to it... <BR> <BR> Anyway, the good news is that my life is getting better and healthier every day, it seems, and the reason I haven't been on is because I am so busy doing all the things I want to do! <BR> <BR> I wanted to teach yoga, so I practiced a couple of hours every day and studied hard, put the word out about my impending cer... Wed, 30 May 2012 11:23:53 EST BC Girl Blog topic - Right now, at this moment, what do you want most? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4765848 This topic was easy and difficult at the same time. <BR> <BR> "Right now, at this moment, what do you want most?" <BR> <BR> A lot of things popped into my head, and some of them seemed to contradict each other . <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> A bag full of peanut butter cups, a smaller bum, a flat stomach, firm, perky breasts, a housekeeper, more energy, a successful yoga business... <BR> <BR> I went on in this way for a while, and realized that, thanks to my healthier new lifestyle and the c... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 18:08:20 EST Ice Ice Baby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4689094 That title dates me a little, doesn't it? <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I have been asked a few times to blog about my Ice Climbing course this past weekend, so here it is, in all it's... uh... glory. <BR> <BR> As some of you may know, by husband is training to climb Mt. Rainier this year and he started climbing this fall, at an indoor gym. For the longest time, I wouldn't go with him. I thought with running, (road and trail), snow shoeing, hiking, and yoga, I had more than enough exercise to ke... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 12:27:57 EST Focus Focus Focus... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4668280 I have a friend who is a professional Organizer. She is absolutely amazing, and I am in awe of what she does for a living, but if I had to pick one thing that she teaches people that has stuck with me, it is her mantra - Top to Bottom, Left to Right, Focus Focus Focus. <BR> <BR> It's meant to keep you focused when you're organizing your space, so you don't end up all over the place and getting overwhelmed. I have taken that mantra and used it even when it really doesn't apply... to me it ha... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 10:22:41 EST BLC #18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4661890 The Biggest Loser Challenge #18 is almost ready to start. I haven't done one of these before, so I am looking forward to it!! Just got my team notification this morning and I am getting really excited for this! <BR> <BR> THE COURAGEOUS COPPER COUGAR PLEDGE <BR> <BR> I am a new copper cougar cub. <BR> Entering a den of my sisters. <BR> I am embarking on a new journey. <BR> Before 3 months have passed I will emerge a COURAGEOUS COPPER COUGAR. <BR> I will be powerful and in control of my desti... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 12:08:36 EST BC Girls Happy New Year Challenge Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4641612 The New Year is approaching like a freaking freight train! I have such a love/hate relationship with New Years... I don't mind the reflecting part, I have a good life, filled with an abundance of blessings, and reflecting helps keep that in perspective. <BR> But the whole resolution/goal-setting part... <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> I tend to be a little hard on myself, and I make a ton of resolutions, and end up getting discouraged and giving up after about 2 months. Then, when I don't achieve ev... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 12:16:21 EST I RULE!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4635768 My husband recently discovered the sport of climbing and spent the last few weeks trying to convince me to go to the local rock climbing gym with him... I kept politely declining. I did this for a few reasons. Reasons like: What if I was really terrible at it? What if I was the oldest person there? What if I was the "chunkiest" person there? Or what if I LOVE it? How would I fit yet another passion into my life? And then I'd have to buy gear.... <BR> <BR> Well, yesterday he won. And today, I... Fri, 23 Dec 2011 00:59:18 EST Just a wee bit overwhelmed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4631183 The holiday season is flying by! I can't believe that it's less than a week 'til Christmas! I thought I was almost ready but I kept thinking "it's okay, lots of time..." and now YIKES! <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> My eating habits are so-so and my exercise has been non-existent the past couple of days, unless you can count housework and shopping. <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> It's not bad, I'm not grumpy or depressed or anything like that. I'm feeling very happy and excited about everythin... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 09:51:35 EST Mid-life crisis and semi-extreme winter sports http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4624035 A few blogs ago, I reflected on how much I have changed (IMPROVED) over the last year, and I am still in that state of suspended belief mode... <BR> I really look around every time I go outside (and often out my windows) and my heart feels as if it is going to burst. I told my husband that if I ever take the beauty of our surroundings for granted, please smack me upside the head. (But not literally of course). <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> It is hard enough to get used to the fact that my husband ... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 11:40:09 EST Blog therapy and other Spark tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4617783 Has anyone else noticed that Spark blogging becomes therapeutic? We all have busy lives, and I for one was never a 'blogger' before Spark. But, I have noticed that on the days I do manage to sit down and post a blog entry: <BR> - If I'm having a great day, I am excited to log on to Spark and share my success. I'm eager to post my blogs on those days, because I am proud of myself, and when I do, I somehow feel even better than I did before I posted. I'm happy to share and so proud when I get ... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 12:26:54 EST Laughter yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4613619 Apparently this has been around for a while, but I've recently been seeing a lot of articles and newsletters in the yoga world regarding Laughter Yoga... who has tried this? <BR> For anyone who doesn't know, it's just like it sounds - a type of yoga class that is designed to create laughter. As with any yoga, it can vary greatly depending on the instructor, but it is usually a series of exercises which may include yogic breathing, funny gestures, yoga poses while making faces, systematic gigg... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 16:42:02 EST The BIG day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4606152 I was at my son's school on the 25th to help with the hot lunch program, and the school secretary remarked on how it was only a month "till the big day"... I opened my mouth and almost asked her how she knew, and then quickly realized that she was talking about Christmas, and not my 40th birthday... <em>2</em> <BR> Oops. I guess it's not always about me. <BR> My hubby and I had a good laugh about it when I told him the story, but then I started thinking that this birthday that I keep insis... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 14:27:47 EST Moanday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4602586 Ever since my son Carter started Kindergarten, it's been an exercise in patience to get him to go to school. I thought for the longest time that he just needed to adjust. Then in grade 1, he needed to adjust to going every day, full days. Grade 2? Maybe he didn't have a real connection to the teacher. Grade 3, well, there was a lot of homework to get used to. Grade 4 now, well, we moved to BC and his older brother moved out, lots of adjustments. <BR> But, I guess it's time for me to face fac... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 11:29:14 EST Marathons and other such insanities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4598845 I'm thinking of signing up for a half marathon that takes place next spring. I've really thought about this. I know I could do it, it wouldn't be easy, but I could. The idea of doing it makes me excited/scared/happy/proud... Then I sit back and shake my head a bit and wonder how I got to where I am. I'm excited about the idea of running 21 km?? Have I completely lost my mind? <BR> <BR> Yesterday my hubby and I went snowshoeing after our little guy went to school. We went up and down mounta... Fri, 25 Nov 2011 11:08:03 EST Thankful for pain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4585293 So I am officially an optimist. I've always tried to be, but as I suffered from depression on and off in my past, it can be a struggle to try to maintain a look-on-the-bright-side and count-your-blessings kind of frame of mind. (How eating right and exercise can help with depression - a whole other blog entry I think...) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I have learned to be thankful for everything I have, and I really do like my life these days. It's not always perfect, but there is a lot of good there. Th... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 11:22:41 EST T. G. I. M? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4573283 I can't believe I'm about to say this, but I am soooooo glad it's Monday! It feels like a new week (Sunday doesn't count, it's kind of like a limbo day...) and new week means a fresh start. <BR> <BR> Last week was NUTS! Lots of good things, tutored some awesome kids, did some yoga, did some running, had a super fun painting class... Also some not so good things - Fritz, (one of my canine running buddies), had to go to a veterinary hospital on Friday to have eye surgery. It went well, but it ... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 17:23:00 EST Survived Halloween, now what to do with the candy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4563103 Another Halloween over, thank goodness. I think that means the worst of the temptations have past. Not that there isn't a bag full of goodies in this very house, calling to me right now. Chocolate peanut butter cups for breakfast? Hmmmmm..... <BR> <em>494</em> <BR> <BR> I have contemplated tossing the bag out on the lawn and hoping that some passerby snatches it up. Or walking around town with it, passing handfuls to everyone I meet. Kinda seems wasteful to throw it out... But I guess that... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 11:50:24 EST Dear Motivation, welcome back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4554183 I think my motivation is returning. I have been forcing myself to get my fitness minutes in lately. But, I am starting to feel better again! I am actually looking forward to my run today. At least a little... <BR> <em>182</em> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> And, my # 2 choice for people who didn't give up: <BR> Albert Einstein did not speak until he was 4-years-old and did not read until he was 7. His parents worried that he wasn't normal, and one of his teachers actually described him as ... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 12:08:43 EST They did not give up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4550653 I've had a so-so last few days... I'm not beating myself up (really!), just saying that I took it pretty easy this weekend. <BR> I got a lot of housework done, drank lots of water, and ate pretty well, but no running and no yoga. It was 'that' time, so I was tired, and just generally feeling kind of blah. <BR> I had a minor guilt trip this morning about not working out, but then decided that I can have a day off once in a while (say once a month?) to re-coup. I am not giving up, not even cl... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 11:36:37 EST Check. Check. Check! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4542054 I am feeling so great the last few weeks. I can run 7K now and still feel good afterwards, I do at least a little yoga every single day, I am feeling stronger, more energetic and just generally happier. <BR> It's not just about the healthier eating and exercise, although that's a HUGE part of it. I am also starting to check things off a mental list of things I've always wanted to do! <BR> I really believe that it has all been about setting the intention. When my husband and I decided ... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 17:41:14 EST Still going strong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4530526 I am happy to say that I am still celebrating Thanksgiving. <BR> The weekend is over, and I ate a little too much, and reflected on soooooooo many things to be thankful for. Then this morning I realized that we all (my family) treated this weekend differently than other Thanksgivings in the past. <BR> I gave myself "free rein" with food on Sunday, and in retrospect I made choices that I likely would not have made in the past. For example, I had some of everything, but the portions weren't i... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 15:10:45 EST Woohoo!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4513968 I had to make my first blog entry today, because I am having an amazing day! <BR> It's raining out, my house is a mess, I haven't spent 2 seconds meal planning for the upcoming week, and I think my dogs might be lost in the laundry pile, but am I stressed out? Nope! Nothing could bring me down today. <BR> The emotional high I am on today is all because of a 5 second conversation I had with my husband while I was getting ready to go for a run this morning. <BR> I went to give him ... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 17:19:07 EST